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Manuel Apicella

Number of games in database: 614
Years covered: 1984 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2505 (2509 rapid, 2446 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555
Overall record: +201 -157 =254 (53.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (127) 
    B58 B32 B90 B92 B33
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C78 C92 C67 C91 C95
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C18 C10 C16 C19
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B92 B90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C92 C91 C95 C97 C84
 French (19) 
    C11 C10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (119) 
    C05 C18 C01 C02 C19
 King's Indian (76) 
    E94 E67 E92 E69 E60
 French Winawer (51) 
    C18 C19 C16 C15 C17
 French Tarrasch (38) 
    C05 C07 C04
 Sicilian (26) 
    B32 B30 B31 B57 B59
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D31 D30 D37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Apicella vs C Bauer, 2003 1-0
   M Apicella vs J Boudre, 2001 1-0
   M Apicella vs A Payen, 1999 1-0
   M Apicella vs Lautier, 2001 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs I Farago, 2007 1-0
   M Apicella vs A Belezky, 1998 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs Lautier, 1986 1/2-1/2
   P Nikac vs M Apicella, 2007 0-1
   E Boric vs M Apicella, 2007 0-1
   S Sulskis vs M Apicella, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   French Championship (1994)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (1991)
   French Championship (2003)
   Lausanne Masters-Hopefuls 7th (2006)
   French Championship (1990)
   Linares Zonal (1995)
   French Championship (1993)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   Cannes Open (1995)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2009)
   Cannes Open (1989)
   Linares Anibal Open (1997)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Club Cup (2007)

   🏆 TCh-FRA Top 12
   A Savina vs M Apicella (May-27-19) 0-1
   J van Foreest vs M Apicella (May-20-19) 1-0
   M Apicella vs G Lamard (Feb-21-19) 1-0
   A Sokolov vs M Apicella (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs L Travadon (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-19-1970, 53 years old) France

[what is this?]
GM Manuel Apicella was born in Longjumeau, France. He was awarded the GM title in 1995. GM Apicella became French Chess Champion in 1992 and played for France in three Chess Olympiads (1994, 1996 and 2000).

Wikipedia article: Manuel Apicella

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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 628  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs M Apicella 1-0251984Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. M Sharif vs M Apicella  1-0411986Le Touquet opC05 French, Tarrasch
3. M Apicella vs B Dieu  1-0281986FRA-chBB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. M Apicella vs J Degraeve  1-0351986FRA-chBB30 Sicilian
5. M Apicella vs Lautier ½-½451986FRA-chBB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. O Reeh vs M Apicella  ½-½271987Hameln VobaC19 French, Winawer, Advance
7. M Apicella vs F Meinsohn  1-0671987French ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. B Thebault vs M Apicella  ½-½141987French ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. L Roos vs M Apicella  ½-½621987French ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
10. P Guyot vs M Apicella  ½-½241987French ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. G Andruet vs M Apicella  ½-½191987French ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
12. R Ferry vs M Apicella ½-½781987French ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Lautier vs M Apicella  1-0451987French ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
14. M Apicella vs C Abravanel ½-½641987French ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
15. M Apicella vs C Bernard  0-1971987French ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
16. M Apicella vs A Haik  1-0451987French ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. A Villeneuve vs M Apicella  ½-½311987French ChampionshipB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
18. M Apicella vs J Boudre  1-0421987French ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
19. M Apicella vs J Koch  ½-½151987French ChampionshipB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. M Hebden vs M Apicella  ½-½671988Paris-ch OpenA48 King's Indian
21. R Timmer vs M Apicella 0-1291988Paris-ch opC18 French, Winawer
22. M Apicella vs M Cebalo  0-1411988Paris-ch opB83 Sicilian
23. M Apicella vs A Kosten  0-1531988Paris-ch opB89 Sicilian
24. C Flear vs M Apicella  1-0391988Cannes OpenA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
25. E Mednis vs M Apicella  ½-½411988Cannes OpenA15 English
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 628  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-10-06  BIDMONFA: Manuel Apicella


Feb-10-06  jackmandoo: He looks like a chess palyer.
Feb-10-06  blingice: Apparently you have to do more than be a Grandmaster to get a picture and a multi-word bio on <>...
Feb-13-06  dakgootje: Think hes got one of the best bio's of the whole site! ;-)
Dec-10-06  stanleys: I won against GM Apicella a week ago in a rapid tournament.This was my first-ever tournament game against a grandmaster!
Dec-10-06  refutor: congratulations! show us the game!
Dec-11-06  stanleys: Thanks <refutor>!
Unfortunately I could not restore the whole game - remember only about 30-35 moves.Will post it soon
Dec-12-06  stanleys: Here it is:
stanleys - GM Apicella

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 ed4 9.Nd4 Re8 10.h3 Nc5 11.Re1 Bd7 12.Rb1 a6?! 13.b4 Ne6 14.Nb3 Rb8 15.Be3 h6?! 16.Qd2 Kh7 17.Rbd1 Qc8 18.Kh2 b5 19.c5 Ng5 20.Bg5 hg5 21.cd6 cd6 22.Rc1 Qd8 23.Qd6 Rb6 24.Qd2 g4 25.Rcd1 Qc8 26.Nc5 Be6 27.h4 Bc4 28.Nd5 Rd6 29.Qf4 Red8 30.a3 Nd5 31.ed5 Rf6 32.Qe3 Rf5 33.d6 Bf8 34.d7 Qc7 35.Na6 Qd7 36.Rd7 Rd7 37.Be4 Rf6 38.Nc5 Ra7....1:0

Dec-14-06  stanleys: Winning this game in the last round allowed me to get the third prize
Apr-19-08  brankat:'s biography of Mr.Apicella reads: "Grandmaster."

A gem of brevity! :-)

Happy Birthday Manuel!

Apr-19-08  slomarko: could be worse they could have writen: "chessplayer" ;)
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Apr-19-08  Calli: "Vice-Champion de France 1994"

What's a vice champion? Player has a lot of vices?

Apr-19-08  MichAdams: It's a fancy dan way of saying 'runner-up'.
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  OhioChessFan: That would be this player, <calli>

M Sinn

Apr-19-08  brankat: Calli is just joking :-)
Apr-20-08  Calli: Yes, but the French must be joking too. "vice" means "in place of", the vice-president can take the role of president, a viceroy is in place of the Roi or king in a territory. Vice-champion in chess? If the first place winner dies, you take their place until next year?
Apr-20-08  brankat: Yes, that's in the FIDE regulations since June 2006. (Reg. # I-123 ABC etc) :-)

Jun-10-08  stanleys: About 1,5 year later: Same tournament,same round (the last one),same colours and same opening line.However, this time the game was drawn and we changed our places in the tournament table: GM Apicella took the third prize and me the fourth

stanleys(2240) -GM Apicella(2533)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 ed4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.Re1 Nc5 11.h3 a6 12.Rb1 Bd7 13.b4 Ne6 14.Nb3 Re8 15.Be3 Ng4 16.hg4 Bxc3 17.Bd2 Bxd2 18.Qxd2 Qg5 19.Qxg5 Nxg5 20.f4 Ne6 21.g5 Ba4 22.e5 de5 23.Rxe5 Bxb3 24.ab3 c6 25.b5 ab5 26.cb5 Nd4 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.bc6 bc6 29.Rd1 c5 30.Rd3 Re1+ 31.Kf2 Re2+ 32.Kf1 Rb2 33.Bd5 Kg7 34.Rc3 Nc2 35.Rxc5 Ne3+ 36.Kg1 Nxd5 37.Rxd5 Rxb3 38.Kf2 h6 39.gh6+ Kxh6 40.g4 1/2 - 1/2

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Biographies: (in French) (in English) (in German) (in Polish)


Mar-26-10  whiteshark: Wow, thanks for that, <Tabanus>. Good job!
Dec-22-11  Tietie007: Serais-tu la bĂȘte noire d'Apicella, en Rapide ?
Sep-30-20  login:

vice versa

'Le vice anglais'

𝕸𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖗𝖊𝖘𝖘 𝖆𝖌𝖓𝖊𝖘 𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖈𝖍 𝖔𝖚𝖙

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